*Courtesy of K-State Sports Information*
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Brad Korn, a former player for Bruce Weber with more than a decade of Division I coaching experience, is returning to K-State as the Wildcats’ new assistant men’s basketball coach, Weber announced Wednesday.
Korn, who played at Southern Illinois (1999-2004), returns to K-State after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Missouri State (2013-16). He spent one season on Weber’s inaugural staff in Manhattan as Director of Basketball Operations in 2012-13, helping the Wildcats to a 27-8 overall record and their first-ever Big 12 regular-season title.
Overall, he has 12 years of Division I experience, which includes time at his alma mater – Southern Illinois (2004-12).
“We are excited to welcome Brad back to the staff,” said Weber. “Obviously, he has history with us, having served on our staff during that special Big 12 Championship season in 2012-13. He also played for me [and Matt Painter]at Southern Illinois and got his start in coaching as an assistant coach to Chris (Lowery). I felt it was important to get someone who knows our system and the types of players we recruit here at K-State.”
Korn has extensive ties to Weber after playing his first four years (1999-2003) for him at Southern Illinois. He redshirted in 1999-2000 before playing the next three years for Weber. He concluded his playing career for current Purdue head coach Matt Painter in 2003-04 before spending the next eight years (2004-12) at SIU as an assistant coach for current K-State associate head coach Chris Lowery at SIU.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to come back to K-State,” said Korn. “I have known Coach Weber since I was 16. He has been a big influence in my life. I’m excited about this opportunity to work for him again in a new role. He’s the same, genuine person that I met in 1998 and I can’t wait to help him and the K-State family and staff. I want to do all I can to make sure K-State is as successful as possible.”
Korn returns after three seasons at Missouri State, where he served as an assistant coach to Paul Lusk. At MSU, he helped the Bears to 44 wins, including a 20-win season and a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2013-14.
Korn helped mentor a number of All-Missouri Valley honorees during his stay at Missouri State, including 2014 All-MVC Second Team selection Jarmar Gulley and 2016 MVC Newcomer of the Year Dequon Miller. In addition, he coached three MVC All-Freshman Team honorees in Austin Ruder in 2014 and Obediah Church and Jarred Dixon in 2016 as well as two Most Improved Team members Dorrian Williams in 2015 and Chris Kendrix in 2016.
“Brad has really worked his way up the coaching ranks,” Weber continued. “He left our staff three years ago to get more experience and prove himself as an assistant coach (at Missouri State) and has really expanded his recruiting base. He will be a tremendous asset to Chris [Lowery] in recruiting the Midwest and Texas, but also in the development of some of our younger players. His experience playing our system and becoming part of the winningest classes in SIU history will be benefit in teaching some of young forwards like Dean [Wade], Isaiah [Maurice] and Dante [Williams].”
Prior to his first stint at K-State, Korn spent eight years (2004-12) at Southern Illinois, including the last six years as a full-time assistant under Lowery. He helped the Salukis post a 145-116 (.556) overall record with four postseason appearances, two Missouri Valley Conference championships and one State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title. The squad won 20 or more games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions (2005, 2006, 2007) during his tenure as an assistant coach, including a 2007 trip to the Sweet 16. He was a graduate assistant at SIU his first two years before being elevated to a full-time assistant coach on Jan. 31, 2006.
A native of Plano, Ill., Korn helped the Salukis through one of their greatest periods of success from 1999 to 2004. The squad went from 16 wins his redshirt freshman season to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under Weber and Painter. He was also a part of three Missouri Valley regular season championships as a player.
The 6-foot-9 forward saw action in 121 games in his career, averaging 5.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. As a senior, he averaged 9.7 points on 41 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in helping SIU to 25 wins and a 17-1 mark in MVC play. He was named to the league’s Most Improved Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the university in 2004, while he earned credits towards a Master’s in Sports Studies.
Korn, 35, and wife, Kristin, have two daughters, Brielyn (5) and Ashtyn (2).